Horse Racing

WILBERT BAGWANDEEN – Will In Charge now in the top two, Gold Cup his next target

BY RUDDY ALLEN
Observer staff reporter

Friday, August 31, 2018

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After his disappointing run in the recent The Viceroy Trophy over nine furlongs (1,800m) about a month ago, many doubted the capabilities of Will In Charge .

Then came Saturday, August 25 and Will In Charge (Robert Halledeen) made all the running in the 10 furlong (2,000m) Prime Minister Stakes, winning by over two lengths ahead of Superluminal and Perfect Neighbour in a time of 2:08.2. The doubters were silenced.

One person who was even more overjoyed with the victory was the horse's owner Wilbert Bagwandeen, who said that his charge might be the best in training at present.

“Well, it was a good performance as usual from Will In Charge. That's how he likes to run, he likes to run his own race and whenever he runs his own race he is going to be hard to beat.

“I think he is a very good horse. He and She's A Maneater probably are the two best horses in racing right now. They have equal chances in every race that they both run in.

“I wouldn't say that Will In Charge is better than She's A Maneater and I wouldn't say that She's A Maneater is better than him either but I think that they both have equal chances in every race that they run in. Will In Charge has improved tremendously,” Bagwandeen said.

Bagwandeen then informed that Will In Charge will be skipping the Governor General's Stakes and go straight for the Gold Cup with the ultimate aim being the Diamond Mile in December.

“We are going to skip the Governor General's Stakes and go straight to the Gold Cup. We don't want to run back-to-back 10-furlong races and so we are going to skip that race and go seven furlongs in the Gold Cup.

“After which we will go to the Superstakes and then the big one, the Diamond Mile. Will In Charge can sprint, he has pace and so I give him a good chance of winning the Gold Cup,” said Bagwandeen.

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